GCSE Computer Science

Curriculum Intent

From personal computers to smartphones, from apps to

websites, all of our lives, every day, are enhanced through

the use of computer hardware and programming technology.

The new GCSE in Computer Science reflects this and provides

students with a solid foundation for understanding and applying this subject in their future education and working lives in some of the most dynamic and well paid industries in the UK.



Programmes of Study

There are three core units – Unit 1 Computational thinking and problem solving involving writing and using computer code including coding, data security, software algorithms, and Unit 2 – theory such as cyber security, software development, networks, computer systems

Marking and Assessment

All assessments will be marked in accordance with the criteria set by Pearson.


Unit 1 and 2 are assessed by examinations comprising multiple choice questions and open-ended questions set around scenarios and case studies, each worth 50% of the final GCSE mark.


Revision Guides/Supporting Resources

Unit 1 and 2 revision materials will all be provided by the department and subject teacher.

Staff Details

Computer Science is subject within the ICT Department

Mr Christie – Teacher of DIT & Computer Science

Mr Moorcroft – Teacher of DIT & Computer Science



Careers and Progression

The GCSE in Computer Science has been founded in partnership with teachers, students, education specialists and industry-leading employers. This subject helps prepare students for apprenticeships and careers in IT such as network management, software development, making apps, developing computer games or further studies in computing.

This course can lead directly on to Level 2 or level 3 study in further education and then on to higher education for degrees including: Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Games Development, Information Systems, Forensic Computing, Computer Technologies, Network Management and Web Design and Services.


Progress Ladder - Computer Science